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Malta’s Rugby Team Showed No Mercy In Their Dominant Away Win Against Slovenia

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Malta’s rugby team once again proves why they are a force to be reckoned with after a dominating defeat on away turf against Slovenia last weekend.

Team Malta traveled abroad over the weekend to face group rivals Slovenia in a wet and ill-tempered Ljubljana ground. The matchup marked the first time the two sides have met since 2001, where Slovenia ousted Malta 45 – 5.

Unlike their first encounter, Team Malta played sharp, disciplined rugby and put on a display that showed the world how much the sport has grown locally, beating Slovenia with a full-time score of 42-14.

Despite slow play caused by bad weather and several fumbles, Team Malta was quick to put points on the board and within 20 minutes possessed a 21 – 0 lead. The Maltese lads entered half time at a comfortable 28-7 thanks to the efforts of Harry Collins, Darren Deguara, Robert Holloway, James O’Brien, Luke Mathews who managed to put up points in the first half.

Photo Credit: Boris Goricki

Photo Credit: Boris Goricki

Photo Credit: Boris Goricki

Photo Credit: Boris Goricki

Photo Credit: Boris Goricki

Photo Credit: Boris Goricki

The beginning of the second half proved a little more fruitful for the Slovenian counterparts who made it 28-14 with Gobec scoring their second and final try of the game.

Slovenia’s momentum disappeared as quickly as it came with George Hepburn making a game-changing interception resulting in O’Brien once again converting to put Malta back up in a cozy 35-14 lead.

Team Malta sealed the deal when, in the final minutes of the game, Harry Collins leapt in for his second try of the game making the full-time score 42-14.

Malta’s dominant win sets them up nicely for their next competitive bout against group rivals Cyprus on November 23rd.

Photo Credit: Boris Goricki

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